An Extraction Could Get You on the Road to a Healthy Smile

Tooth Removal | Tooth Extraction in St. Petersburg, FL

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In regards to dental extractions, I’m comfortable taking out all teeth. Now there might be exceptions for impacted wisdom teeth, I will send them to my specialist down the road who can sedate patients and take out wisdom teeth, especially on teenagers. But our office is set up to handle all kinds of extractions. The most important part to an extraction is making sure the patient is comfortable. Whether they need Nitrous Oxide or whether they need Valium, extractions are no fun. Let’s be honest, this is not when grandma used to take your tooth out; like your front tooth and baby tooth. These are adult teeth and they don’t grow back. Good anesthetic and a comfortable patient are definitely the keys to an extraction

Though we try to avoid it when possible, tooth removal is an essential part of restorative dentistry. Sometimes a tooth will be too badly damaged – due to decay, injury, or other trauma – and cannot be saved with root canal treatment. Other times a remaining tooth will need to be removed to make room for dentures. Whatever the reason, we can help you feel comfortable and confident if you need to have a tooth extracted or tooth removal.

What to Expect During Tooth Extraction

Dr. Spilman will provide tooth extraction, including third molars that are not impacted. If you have impacted wisdom teeth that need to be removed, we will refer you to a qualified specialist. If your teeth are not impacted, however, you can expect the best care from Dr. Spilman and our staff at Jeffery A. Spilman DDS.

To ensure that you have as little pain and discomfort as possible, we will numb the gums around the tooth to be extracted, as well as numbing the tooth itself. To help you feel more comfortable, we also offer pillows, blankets, and headphones with a choice of music to listen to on an iPad during the procedure. You may also choose from our sedation options if you are feeling anxious about the extraction.

What to Expect After Tooth Extraction

After extracting the tooth, Dr. Spilman will pack the socket with gauze and send you home with specific aftercare instructions and prescriptions for antibiotics and pain relievers, if needed. Depending on your needs, we may place a transitional (or “flipper”) denture until your mouth has healed and a permanent denture can be placed. We may also recommend a temporary or permanent bridge. Also, Dr. Spilman will discuss all of your options with you before performing any procedure so that you will know exactly what to expect afterward.

If you have any questions for Dr. Spilman at any time, or if you think you may need  a wisdom teeth removal or tooth extraction in St. Petersburg, FL, please feel free to contact our office using our online form or by calling 727-645-4727. Dr. Spilman or one of our knowledgeable staff members will answer all of your questions as quickly as possible.